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[ dis-kley-mer ]


  1. the act of disclaiming; the renouncing, repudiating, or denying of a claim; disavowal.
  2. a person who disclaims.
  3. a statement, document, or assertion that disclaims responsibility, affiliation, etc.; disavowal; denial.


/ dɪsˈkleɪmə /


  1. a repudiation or denial

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Word History and Origins

Origin of disclaimer1

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French: to disclaim

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Example Sentences

France and Laney, for example, added a disclaimer to the start of the documentary stating that some characters had been “digitally disguised” for their protection.

Food52 clearly notes online that the masks “are not a substitute for N95 or surgical-grade masks and they are not FDA approved,” a disclaimer echoed on nearly all of the product pages for these masks.

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Since 2018, Facebook has required all political advertisements to carry a disclaimer that they’re paid for or sponsored.

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If we discover that the phone, email or website are no longer active or valid … they will no longer be able to use that disclaimer to run ads about social issues, elections or politics.

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If they do not, they will no longer be able to use that disclaimer to run ads about social issues, elections or politics.

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It also required that ads print a disclaimer if they digitally altered the models.

The editor then removed the disclaimer and printed the letter instead.

Amazon has put a racism disclaimer on its series of “Tom and Jerry” cartoons.

Every Woody Allen review begins with an unspoken disclaimer.

She then laughs and voices the disclaimer, “Well, not really old, but older.”

With some difficulty Jos explained his mother's disclaimer of the title of Senora, and the choice of names she offered to Ramona.

Evidently this disclaimer is a pretended one; the preceding stanza and ll.

He wants to get rid of the dust if he can find the true owner, and get a disclaimer of ownership from the gangsters.

Curious it was, too, how this deeper question ever forced itself to the surface, despite effort and disclaimer.

And Tishy was not sorry to hear this, because her disclaimer of a binding promise was only true in the letter.


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More About Disclaimer

What does disclaimer mean?

A disclaimer is a statement or document intended to limit the responsibility or legal liability of a company, organization, or person.

Disclaimers typically claim that the party issuing the disclaimer is NOT responsible for certain risks or is NOT affiliated with certain other parties—they make as many statements as they can to deny responsibility.

Example: The disclaimer at the bottom of the page says that this information should be used for entertainment purposes only.

Where does disclaimer come from?

The first records of disclaimer come from the 1400s. It’s borrowed directly from the Anglo-French word disclaimer. Disclaimer is the noun form of the verb disclaim, which in its most general sense means “to disavow” or “to disown.” It uses the prefix dis- to indicate a reversal or negation.

Instead of making positive claims, a disclaimer typically does the opposite: it uses legal language to avoid any association or position that may put the issuing party at risk of being sued. Disclaimers are used to specify or limit the obligations that could be enforced in a legally recognized relationship, such as between a company and its customers or a website and its users. Disclaimers often make use of lengthy passages of legal jargon (sometimes called fine print), with wording like at your own risk and provided “as is” and not liable for any damages. 

Disclaimers aren’t always so wrapped up in legalese. “Swim at your own risk” and “Beware of dog” are both common disclaimers. Of course, having a disclaimer doesn’t mean a company or other organization will never be responsible for any injuries or damages. But they’re at least intended to make you think that.

In a general sense, a disclaimer can be any statement intended to disavow something or avoid responsibility for something.

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How is disclaimer used in real life?

Disclaimer is most commonly used in a legal context. Disclaimers are often found in contracts and at the bottom of web pages.



Try using disclaimer!

Which of the following things is a disclaimer intended to avoid?

A. responsibility
B. liability
C. lawsuits
D. all of the above